We get asked a lot from parents whether they should use white noise machines to help their babies fall asleep.
While white noise machines are great for many reasons:
- They can help reduce the effects of a variety of disorders including Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, and Meniere’s Disease.
- They help night workers sleep through the day.
- They help people sleep alongside partners who snore or use apnea and breathing machines.
- They cancel out most household noises.
However, we believe in teaching our children become independent sleepers. We want them to be able to fall asleep without our help and without the help of any external ‘aide’ that might no always be available.
White noise machines can help babies sleep better, since they cancel out household noises that might interfere with their sleep. However, after using them, babies might not be able to sleep without them.
Therefore, we wouldn’t suggest the introduction of white noise machines by default. In some specific circumstances we might recommend their use, but certainly not for every child.